Storm UDP Protocol

Used by StarCraft, Diablo, and WarCraft II use the Storm UDP Protocol to communicate during games.

As detailed by skywing:

The header you are working with is specific to the Storm UDP protocol and is [n]ot ever assembled or viewed by the game protocol module itself. Thus only [c]ontrol messages for the Storm UDP protocol use the command field.

The way this is laid out can be represented something like this:

-- Storm Header--
-- Data Payload -

Storm.dll receives the data off the wire, and interprets class 0 control messages directly, instead of passing them on to the game (except perhaps in the form of high level callbacks, such as a "player joined the game" callback or event).

For non-class0 messages, the data payload is passed uninterpreted on to the game protocol parser itself, whether that be in Diablo.exe,
Starcraft.exe, etc:

-- Data Payload -

Since the main game module never sees the Storm header, command ids for other than the internal control class can't be stored there.

Note that I am logically equating Storm.dll and the Storm network service provider (SNP) as the same module. In reality, the SNP is responsible for sending and receiving the game data off of the wire, whether that be a UDP socket or an IPX socket, or just an internal loopback (e.g. standard.snp).

Class 1 is used for messages that do not need to be synchronized with the game state, such as chat commands. Thus, class 1 commands can be sent and received at any time.

Class 2 is used for messages that do need to be synchronized with the game state, such as unit orders. Thus, class 2 commands can only be sent once each game turn (as a result they are typically queued internally inside the game protocol module until the next turn is transmitted).

The storm packets are sent and received "inside" the UDP Message dubbed [0x00] PKT_STORM, from client to client only. Therefore, the "Storm Header" above is documented in [0x00] PKT_STORM. On the wire, it appears as starting with four bytes of zeros, but remember, that's the UDP Message header.

In the Storm Protocol Messages and the three game specific sections, CLS 1 and 2 paclets are documented.

The documentation is quite complicated, so here is how it is laid out here:

For consistency, all packet format fields will start after the end of the storm header. So for CLS 1 and 2, they will contain the packet ID. For CLS 2, there may be more than one packet after the header to parse, depending on what was sent during the game turn.

All packet names were invented for consistency in this documentation based on their purpose.

| Edited: Ribose


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